Christian Education

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Our current Sunday school offerings, workshops, and retreats are listed below.

The Holy Spirit, Jesus, and Us
6 week Zoom virtual class on Sunday mornings 9am-10am
July 19-August 2, 2020 (no class July 5)
 
It is an understatement that we are in a time of great change both in the world, our community, and in our parish. COVID19 continues to shape the world over the way we live and worship. The search committee has been formed to journey in discerning with the Holy Spirit who the next rector of Ascension may be. All of us are called to lean into the whispers of the Holy Spirit and how she may be leading us both as a parish as well as a community which is part of a whole changing world. 
 
This six-week class is designed to look at the role the Holy Spirit played in Jesus’ life & what we may glean from his experience to integrate into ours. The one-hour class will consist of learning how to get quiet and still in our own lives to better hear the whispers of the Spirit speaking to us, lean into the gospel readings (and Acts) that share how the Holy Spirit and Jesus engaged, as well as a look at Pentecost and how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God’s people all those years ago influences how the Spirit continues to breathe through our lives today and the hope we can find there. 
 
Please register in advance; link below by June 21. Feel free to email Caroline if you have any questions about the class: caroline@knoxvilleascension.org
 
Register in advance for this offering:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.
 
Please make sure to download whatever you need to access Zoom. You do not have to attend all six classes but go ahead and register and come when you can. All are welcome! Invite friends and family, the more the merrier!
The Unknown Road: Confronting Our Racial Wounds
The class will be held August 9, 16, 23, and 30 on Zoom from 9 to 10am.
Pre-registration is required.
 
As our country confronts its legacy of racism, what role can Christians play in addressing these wounds? How can we find hope and healing during these divisive times? How can we as a faith community participate in the work of the Holy Spirit aimed at becoming one in The Body of Christ?
 
In August, the Ascension clergy will host a four-week Sunday school program entitled, The Unknown Road: Confronting our Racial Wounds. In each session a different clergy member will lead a discussion with the other two, addressing racism through Scriptural lenses and drawing upon personal experiences and observations. Guided by Thomas Merton’s Discernment Prayer (see below), each session will encourage civil discussion for the purpose of discerning God’s call of healing and reconciliation.
 
Thomas Merton’s Discernment Prayer:
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.
Thomas Merton – “Thoughts in Solitude”
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.